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Otelul Galati 0 United 2

United got their first win of the group stages, after two draws, but it was a lot harder than many anticipated out in Romania.

Team News - Sir Alex Ferguson made 9 changes to the starting eleven that ran out at Anfield. Amongst those nine was the re-appearance of Nemanja Vidic for the first time since the opening fixture of the season.

United - Lindegaard, Evra, Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs - De Gea, Jones, Evans, Fletcher, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck

United emerged from the tunnel with the stadium having more United supporters inside it than home supporters. As for the temperature, just below freezing!

First Half - United got the action underway in Bucharest and had a lot of the ball in the early stages but with the home side sitting deep were unable to open up their defence.

Instead the home side was presented with a chance when Vidic lost possession but the shot form Punosevac was weak and Lindegaard had no trouble saving it. United responded with a long range shot from Anderson that was off target.

United were continuing to control possession but clear-cut chances were non-existent. Filip, pushing forward for the home side saw his effort clear the bar after trying his luck from outside the box.

Rooney, with his first effort of the night, saw his deflected shot easily saved by the keeper. Rooney tried his luck with a free kick but Grahovac, in the home sides` goal, kept it out.

The next to try his luck, in a series of long range shots, was Evra, but once again the keeper wasn`t to be beaten saving at his near post. Right on the half time whistle, United wasted a great chance when Carrick blasted over form twelve yards after being set up by Nani.

All in all a slightly disappointing first half!

Half Time - Otelul Galati 0 United 0

Second Half - No changes were made at half time by either side. The half started much as the first finished with United thwarted by the massed ranks of defenders on the edge of the home sides` box.

United started to show some more urgency in their play but the opening goal was to come from the penalty spot, courtesy of Wayne Rooney after 64 minutes. It came after a blatant hand-ball from Costin after he`d intercepted a Rooney ball intended for Hernandez.

Otelul Galati 0 United 1 (Rooney pen - 64 minutes)

Unfortunately, on his first game back since the opening fixture of the season, Vidic was to receive a straight red card after a high tackle on Giurgiu, a little harsh possibly!

Sensing United were now on the back foot the home side poured forward and Antal saw a shot blocked by Carrick whilst Filip also went close. Sensing United were coming under pressure, Sir Alex replaced Valencia with Jonny Evans.

Sir Alex shored up the defence further introducing Jones in place of Fabio and the home side went close again when Costin headed over. The home side continued to press and Punosevac went close from a Filip cross.

As the game approached a conclusion the home side were reduced to ten men when Perendija was show a red card for dragging Carrick back.

United had a glorious chance to wrap the game up when they were awarded a second penalty on the night and when Rooney duly converted it, it was game over

Otelul Galati 0 United 2 (Rooney pen - 92 minutes)

Not the best of performances but job done!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 18 2011

Time: 9:38PM

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It took 2 penalties to beat who many consider th weakest club in the competition ...I dont see you progressing very far this season in the CL unless your play picks up a lot...
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18/10/2011 22:25:00

@Blue_Mel that is exactly what the CL and PL is all about, peaking at the right momement, what is the point of blasting through the group stages, only to run out of steam in the quater or the semis. The reason why United has done so well over the past decades, is exactly managing when to peak, only look at Chelsea last season when the flew out out of blocks only to falter come mid/end season.. Every year its the same United has lost it, when the play poorly in hte beginning, only to find United hitting the gear when it matters.. I would be more worried about City, the seem out of CL already, and can the keep up the performances in the PL or will they do a Chelsea..
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19/10/2011 08:28:00

Why would a Chelsea fan need to worry about City nerdkrap? Do try and keep up.
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19/10/2011 10:19:00

Why City were ever mentioned by Nerdy is baffling. Is that fear I smell Nerdy? Btw City won last night in case you hadn't noticed and still have a decent chance of qualifying.
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19/10/2011 11:14:00

The only club Chelsea has any concerns for is ..Chelsea! What other clubs do is their own concern. We just do OUR job - win matches , play the best we can and try to get Manchester Uniteds luck (lol) and some Fergie-time (if needed,lmao). As a Chelsea fan, I am quite happy with our season so far - with things looking to improve in the coming months! Also looking for a draw in the Manchester derby - i would suggest an attractive possibnility - nay probability
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19/10/2011 11:53:00

If your only concern is yourselves then why are you here?
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19/10/2011 11:55:00

Individually I wouldn't say any of the players had a poor game but as a collective performance it was quite slow and lazy. All the energy seemed to come from the left flank with Nani and Evra breezing through their defensive lines with ease, only to get hacked down from a horrific challenge everytime though. MOTM for me wasn't Rooney, it was Nani with Evra being a very close 2nd. Rooney grabbed the goals and got the penalties but other than those two moment I don't think he really done much at all. Nani on the other hand must've been the reason behind 3 bookings for the Romanian side and there should've been more. He played the lovely chipped through ball that got Rooney the penalty in the first place and he with Evra looked like our only attacking threat. The ref was poor on the night, Vidic's red card was the joke of the night.
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19/10/2011 12:19:00

Hey, Happy Anniversary BTW! One year ago this week since Shrek kicked sand in your faces and you all decided you hated him forever and ever. LOL! Some great comments about him on here:

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19/10/2011 14:23:00

Speaking of fans yours were very charitable yesterday giving paper balls to the officials. Is that what passes for City hospitality nowadays?
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19/10/2011 15:38:00

To the officials? No, wrong again TF7. Stop reading crap and forming opinions on it, the few that threw them paper balls on to the pitch and at the Villareal player taking a corner were bang out of order but none were thrown at officials. At least it wasn't darts and golf balls I suppose. ;-)
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19/10/2011 16:58:00

@ filth, why would a Chelsea fan be concerned with United, Bluedub comments on how he think United will not progress, shows a interest in United (good or bad), otherwise he wouldnt have a made a comment.. However to answer his question I merely pointed out that City are doing what Chelsea did last year, and Chelsea won nothing in the end. The point was, I didnt expect you to get it, that hitting peak performance at the right time is what United has done so many years - and blowing of all your steam in the beginning will not, just like Chelsea did last year, and what City are doing now, United are doing what the always have done, doing it the hard way. I dont expect you to follow Filth, as you on numerous occasions, have shown that you seem to lack a normal level of comprehension.
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19/10/2011 17:09:00

Is Tevez playing or is he still too busy throwing his toys out of the pram? Cant wait for the next overpaid ego to throw a fit. Who's first, Dzeko when substitutted or Balotelli when told he cant behave like a criminal.
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19/10/2011 17:13:00

No paperballs hit the officials then Bluedub? Not a single one no? Yeah our fans aren't classy but then again they don't pretend to be unlike the moral highground you guys like to put yourselves on.
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19/10/2011 18:05:00

LOL Nerdkrap - and here I was thinking the press had been fawning over manure's "Best ever" start to a season ad nauseum. Don't get too cocky dude, just because something has happened in the past doesn't necessarily make it a nailed on certainty. You've all admitted that you won the league by default last season, what with the poor form away from home, and although you've got some points on the board, you're playing worse than you were last season.
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19/10/2011 19:44:00

Nerdy, in no way whatsoever have you explained why you mentioned City, your post is just waffle mate. Tf7, I never said that none hit the officials. I said none were thrown at the officials which was what you suggested happened with your remark. Moral highground? Hmmm I said those fans that did that were bang out of order and you think I like to put us on a moral highground, like I said hmmmm.....
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19/10/2011 20:34:00

I never suggested anything mate, I didn't even say you aimed at them or anything of the sort, you came to that conclusion from nowhere. B0ll0x you don't like to put yourself on a moral highground, whenever United fans are in the news for the wrong resons your the first to comment on it.
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19/10/2011 20:48:00

Conclusion from nowhere, that's a good one mate. Are you talking about when I commented on the recent events in Leeds? I just felt that deserved more attention considering the witch hunt that went on last season about City fans singing disrespectful chants. What's good for the goose....
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19/10/2011 20:59:00

Can't even admit you got the wrong end of the stick, nothing has changed there then.
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19/10/2011 21:28:00


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